Vigil Wednesday evening

A vigil is planned to remember Captain, the German shepherd found badly beaten in a Kitsilano Dumpster last week.

The two-year-old dog was discovered last Wednesday in critical condition inside the trash container in the 1400-block of Maple.

The dog was rushed to a vet and, after extensive treatment, died a short time later.

The SPCA continues to investigate and the owner faces possible animal cruelty charges.

Cruelty to animal charges carry a maximum five-year prison term, a lifetime ban on owning animals and a $75,000 fine.

The former owner of Captain made claims that the dog was deaf.

Captain was a dog trained for the dog service with the RCMP, but had been deemed too friendly and did not end up as a service dog.

The vigil for Captain is set for Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at 1499 Arbutus, by the tennis courts at Kits Beach.

Leanne Cook is one of the organizers of the vigil. She said animal lovers were horrified when they heard the details surrounding Captain’s death.

“We are seeking justice for Captain,” she said. “It is sickening that somebody could do that to an animal.”

Cook and others have gone to the dumpster on Maple Street to put down flowers and candles to honour Captain. And when it comes to animal abuse, Cook maintains tougher laws are needed. “The law needs to be stronger for animal abuse,” she said.

Area residents have come forward and given statements. But SPCA investigators have yet to talk to the man believed to have been Captain’s owner.

Captain was severely dehydrated and badly beaten when found. The dog went into cardiac arrest and never recovered.

 

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2 responses to “Vigil Wednesday evening

  1. I’ve created a petition, in honour and memory of Captain, to lobby our government (BC and federal) to construct and enforce appropriate animal cruelty laws. If people would like to sign, they can do so at the attached link. I think adding comments would be beneficial, as would sharing–the more signatures that can be obtained, the better chance we have of success. I would like to send the petition to Christy Clark and Stephen Harper within a month. Thank you.

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/justice-for-captain/

    • While I admire your enthusiasm, “the SPCA continues to investigate and the owner faces possible animal cruelty charges. Cruelty to animal charges carry a maximum five-year prison term, a lifetime ban on owning animals and a $75,000 fine.” This criminal will be prosecuted under the Criminal Code of Canada, therefore a petition is not necessary. What needs to happen is for the perp to turn himself in, and witnesses to come forward now!